Grosses

Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 12 - Sun, Apr. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$27,487,144--3,003--$9,153$27,487,1441Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$14,157,367--3,402--$4,161$14,157,3671Weinstein / Dimension
3The Croods$13,115,074-36%3,689-190$3,555$142,439,1444Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,894,415-48%3,535-199$3,082$102,520,1133Paramount
5Evil Dead$9,488,302-63%3,0250$3,137$41,530,0842Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$8,861,820-52%2,7787$3,190$31,970,9852Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$7,250,084-29%2,935-124$2,470$81,856,8984FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,859,958-39%2,504-401$1,941$219,381,3706Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,503,102-55%1,805-242$2,495$45,425,0983Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$2,383,023-54%2,172-1030$1,097$23,428,4833Open Road
11The Call$1,952,122-44%1,630-372$1,198$48,574,2155Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$3,865,687450%514484$7,521$5,239,8663Focus
2Trance$896,608584%438434$2,047$1,071,2162Fox Searchlight
3Admission$877,293-55%909-498$965$16,795,2474Focus
4Identity Thief$541,425-32%564-157$960$132,022,26510Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$408,626-32%451-73$906$130,333,79822Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$380,203-68%426-646$892$13,529,1905A24
7Jack the Giant Slayer$323,074-38%331-171$976$62,958,2917Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$237,645-33%217-52$1,095$124,279,74121Fox
9Quartet$226,750-38%224-28$1,012$17,577,66514Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$222,101-18%279-8$796$65,898,06711Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$181,065-34%277-83$654$70,604,6969Relativity Media
12Escape From Planet Earth$158,175-40%276-156$573$54,660,1139Weinstein Company
13The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$154,190-68%274-261$563$22,129,4005Warner Bros. / New Line
14A Good Day to Die Hard$151,143-8%210-15$720$67,006,7659Fox
15Snitch (2013)$133,093-41%215-89$619$41,988,9718Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$101,591-27%154-26$660$55,587,13912Paramount
17Django Unchained$81,138-41%126-57$644$162,691,58216Weinstein Company
18Wreck-It Ralph$78,963-17%134-22$589$189,288,87724Disney
1921 And Over$76,909-54%107-73$719$25,431,6767Relativity Media
20Argo$57,276-33%1720$333$135,986,92327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$277,818111%4136$6,776$450,4282Sony Pictures Classics
2The Sapphires$248,945-15%9333$2,677$784,3464Weinstein Company
3Renoir$182,47178%4929$3,724$423,4593IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
4No (2013)$155,218-26%9910$1,568$1,845,0529Sony Pictures Classics
5To the Wonder$116,551--17--$6,856$116,5511Magnolia Pictures
6Not Today$96,347--41--$2,350$96,3471Freestyle Releasing
7From Up on Poppy Hill$94,039-28%498$1,919$608,9775GKIDS
8The Gatekeepers$71,873-58%90-41$799$2,258,44011Sony Pictures Classics
9Upstream Color$71,220149%1110$6,475$109,9512ERBP
10Hubble 3D$63,027-20%184$3,502$37,592,206161Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Impossible$59,8361%77-3$777$18,996,75517Lionsgate / Summit
12To the Arctic 3D$55,3269%520$1,064$12,123,51452Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Ginger & Rosa$55,025-56%71-28$775$683,9265A24
14Side Effects (2013)$53,029-49%53-27$1,001$31,479,38910Open Road
15Parental Guidance$52,748-36%90-20$586$77,118,97716Fox
16Emperor$52,176-61%96-24$544$3,219,1416Roadside Attractions
17Fists of Legend$49,252--23--$2,141$49,2521CJ Entertainment
18Monsters, Inc. 3D$40,975-3%30-2$1,366$33,943,00417Disney
19Room 237$35,805-28%209$1,790$148,8373IFC Midnight
20On the Road$35,616-67%64-43$557$677,13317IFC Films
21Dark Skies$34,92485%25-3$1,397$17,217,8588Weinstein / Dimension
22Camp (2013)$34,05794%2113$1,622$169,0368Freestyle Releasing
23Lore$32,841-57%33-17$995$782,97110Music Box Films
24Starbuck$32,311-44%321$1,010$3,658,8314eOne Films US
25The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$30,686-22%55-22$558$302,975,07518Warner Bros. / New Line
26Blancanieves$28,058-19%173$1,650$116,6053Cohen Media Group
27Dead Man Down$28,018-45%94-52$298$10,880,9266FilmDistrict
28No Place on Earth$24,45677%119$2,223$42,8702Magnolia Pictures
29New World$23,057-58%9-10$2,562$450,2224Well Go USA
30Lincoln$22,962-52%58-44$396$182,182,83623Disney / DreamWorks
31Space Station 3D$21,213-16%53$4,243$87,658,388574IMAX
32Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$19,681-72%13-3$1,514$110,6542CodeBlack Films
33The Angels' Share$18,837--3--$6,279$18,8371IFC Films
34Under the Sea 3D$18,503-21%184$1,028$32,786,971218Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$15,969-44%300$532$22,457,828106Warner Bros. / IMAX
36It's a Disaster$15,305--3--$5,102$15,3051Oscilloscope
37Settai$15,245-71%15-18$1,016$76,6652UTV Motion Pictures
38Amour$13,849-13%28-2$495$6,712,91417Sony Pictures Classics
39Stoker$12,012-81%30-59$400$1,672,4957Fox Searchlight
40Leonie$9,826217%116$893$29,6655Monterey Media
41Searching For Sugar Man$9,234-43%14-4$660$3,626,83238Sony Pictures Classics
42Deep Sea 3D$8,16431%31$2,721$45,503,646372Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Hava Nagila (The Movie)$6,839-30%11-2$622$250,4137International Film Circuit
44A Royal Affair$6,519-58%6-5$1,087$1,530,26223Magnolia Pictures
45Gimme the Loot$6,164-52%7-1$881$77,3674IFC Films
46Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$6,043-50%10$6,043$21,4382Cinema Guild
47Simon Killer$5,4578%21$2,729$12,5462IFC Films
48Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$5,147-46%100$515$318,23812Music Box Films
49Like Someone in Love$5,012-12%142$358$215,6379IFC Films
50Koch$4,935-21%3-4$1,645$328,80911Zeitgeist Films
51Beyond the Hills$4,671-44%7-5$667$105,1596IFC Films
52Neighboring Sounds$3,960--3--$1,320$57,30234Cinema Guild
53Girl Rising$3,650-67%4842$76$668,9226Gathr Films
54West of Memphis$3,27130%174$192$307,03916Sony Pictures Classics
55A Place at the Table$3,133-18%9-5$348$212,2787Magnolia Pictures
56Sound City$3,0244%40$756$398,20511Variance Films
57Leviathan (2013)$2,959291%53$592$48,3547Cinema Guild
58Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$2,332-50%51$466$10,3302First Run Features
5956 Up$1,989-73%4-6$497$673,14215First Run Features
60The Brass Teapot$1,421-68%20$711$6,6432Magnolia Pictures
61The Silence (2010)$1,415-90%4-7$354$76,2716Music Box Films
62Violeta Went to Heaven$1,37743%2-1$689$11,2573Kino Lorber
63Yossi$1,168--1--$1,168$116,20712Strand Releasing
64Hunky Dory$1,129-7%30$376$17,0734Variance Films
65Silver Circle$96778%10$967$4,0804Area23a
66M (2013 re-issue)$890-83%1-2$890$26,6485Kino Lorber
675 Broken Cameras$890106%10$890$103,90146Kino Lorber
68Wrong$797-75%1-7$797$38,0423Drafthouse Films
69Himmatwala$669-97%3-58$223$270,5783UTV Motion Pictures
70Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$621--2--$311$4,81610First Run Features
71Orchestra of Exiles$613-68%20$307$34,18825First Run Features
72Kai Po Che$538-62%1-1$538$1,120,7858UTV Motion Pictures
73The Waiting Room$502-75%10$502$243,15729International Film Circuit
74Masquerade (2012)$477--1--$477$922,60030CJ Entertainment
75A Fierce Green Fire$370-80%1-1$370$20,6477First Run Features
7611 Flowers$310-50%10$310$8,9418First Run Features
77Radio Unnameable$285-77%10$285$24,01730Kino Lorber
78The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$120--1--$120$23725Strand Releasing
79Into the White$90--1--$90$901Magnolia Pictures
80Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$33--1--$33$3,80437Kino Lorber